Bihar Tourism

Bihar has a great history which must be cherished. This state of India has a deep association with Buddhism and Jainism which reflects in various shrines dotted here. It houses the holiest Bodhi Tree under which Prince Siddhartha meditated to achieve enlightenment. It is said that Bihar has roots back to the breaking dawn of civilizations in the country. It treats you with some unmatched wonders of history narrating numerous tales of the bygone era.

Here are the top places to visit in Bihar:

Gaya
Gaya is a must visit place in Bihar having huge spiritual importance. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit here from all over the world. Gaya edges the River Phalgu which has numerous temples dotted around it. The Mahabodhi Temple here is extremely important dedicated to Lord Buddha.

Gaya remains the most visited place in Bihar due to its spiritual significance. This hub for Hindu pilgrims is situated on the bank of River Phalgu. One can see numerous Hindu temples and historical sites nestling around the river. Visit the majestic Mahabodhi Temple known for its architectural splendour. It is believed that Vishnupad Temple of Gaya has been raised on Lord Vishnu’s footprints. To walk down the memory lanes, Dungeshwari Cave Temples of Gaya is ideal. Buddha spent many years of his life here. However, above all it’s the Bodhi Tree of Gaya that charms every single traveller visiting Bihar. Lord Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment under this tree and it holds great importance among the followers of Buddhism.

Nalanda
This remains the oldest university in India. Dating back to the Gupta and Pala period, Nalanda is the place where Buddha gave lectures. It has some prominent places to explore, including Nalanda include Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Xuanzang Memorial Hall, Silao, Surajpur, etc.

Munger
This is the seat of Bihar School of Yoga. It has a significant history which goes back to Aryans. The place is popular among yoga devotees who visit here to attain a balanced body and mind. Here you can also find many historical wonders like Pir Shah Nafah Shrine, Rameshwar Kund, Kastaharni Ghat, Dilwarpur, Munger Fort, Rishikund, etc.

Vaishali
This archaeological site oozes spirituality. It is the place where Mahavira was born and the last sermon of Buddha was performed in 483 BCE. Ashokan Pillar is a popular historical site here bearing inscriptions by King Ashoka. Vishwa Shanti Stupa of Vaishali is also popular among the seekers of peace. Other popular places to visit in Vaishali include Abishek Pushakaran, Raja Vishal ka Garh, Bawan Pokhar Temple, Ramchaura Mandir, etc.

Patna
This biggest city of Bihar remains one of the oldest inhabited cities on earth.   It is the birthplace of last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Thus, streams of sikh devotees visit here every year. Patna has flourished as a big metropolis today with high-end malls, hotels and MNCs. Do not miss to add attractions like Golghar, Gandhi Maidan, Patna Museum, Didarganj Yakshi, Agam, Kumhrar and Gurdwara Pahila Bara in Patna.

Shopping
Shopping in Bihar treats you with hand-woven raw Tussar silk, Tikulis, Zari embroidery and Kashida work on fabric. The state is known for Madhubani paintings made by local craftsmen. These paintings showcase everyday lifestyle and also talk about mythological gods. Travellers can also bag some bead-ornaments and local handicrafts sold in all local stores.

Food
Bihar’s food beautifully portrays cultures and traditions of the state.  Litti Chokha (wheat and sattu served with mashed boiled vegetables) remains the most popular dish. Also, try Chana Ghugni made with boiled chickpeas and fried with onion and spices. Those who love sweets must try Khaja made by deep frying wheat flour, sugar and mawa.  Kheer Makhana and Malpua are also loved by locals.  

Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Bihar is between October and February due to pleasant weather. If you wish to experience wildlife of the state, then summer months are ideal, however, they can be hot and humid.

How to Reach
Jai Prakash Narayan Domestic Airport in Patna connects Bihar with rest of the country. Railways links Bihar to all the northern parts of India. In addition to this, Express and superfast trains connect Patna, Gaya and other towns and cities of the state to some top cities of India.   

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